It wasn’t long ago you were at the hospital celebrating the birth of your baby. Now it’s time to celebrate their first birthday. One year went by in no time.
They always seem to grow up too fast. While they might not remember being a part of this celebration, this event would be stored in their memory for life.
Plus, there’d be pictures to show just how much of a joy they are to you and you want to make this milestone memorable. There are many ways you can celebrate your baby’s first birthday.
Here are some of the most creative and unique ways to make your baby’s first birthday a very special one.
Plan Around Your Baby’s Schedule
First birthdays have a certain excitement. This can be overwhelming at times, so try to keep the celebration planned around your baby’s schedule. Even though they don’t have to wake up early and go to work, they have a unique schedule they maintain.
Perhaps they get a little fussy in the afternoon because they feel tired, which means the party should be in the morning when they won’t be grumpy.
Figure out their schedule before planning the party and if they’re nocturnal, you can just make sure they get to sleep before the party starts.
Also, considering the fact that babies can sleep for really long hours every day, make sure that whatever party you’re planning doesn’t exceed 2 hours. This should just be enough time for you to chat with friends, take pictures, serve food, cut cakes, and do other fun things too.
Keep the Party Environment Baby-Friendly
A safe and baby-friendly environment is very important. The party area should be free of sharp objects and you should always keep this in mind when shopping for party supplies.
Don’t go for small things they can put in their mouth and dangerous materials that could hurt them. This way, it’ll be a stress-free event for you and your guests.
If the party would be held outdoors, be sure to bring a playpen, blankets, and other things to keep them comfortable. These are must-haves when hosting a baby’s first birthday party outdoors.
So if the weather is okay for them to play outside, let them do so because they’d really enjoy it even though they might get wet at times. Have someone keep an eye out for the kids at the party. One can never be too safety conscious when kids are around.
Create a Guest List
Not everyone can be invited to your baby’s first birthday party. Think about the people who are closest to you and your family. These are the ones that should be invited, but be sure not to invite anyone else because babies get overwhelmed with crowds easily and tend to get cranky very fast.
Limiting your guest list, especially if you’re one of those people who love hosting big parties, would be ideal. The more the merrier is not the case when it comes to babies’ first birthdays.
Make sure you give them their time to shine by letting them play with each and every one of your guests because they’d remember their first birthday party forever.
Plan a Few Activities
This is also a great way to keep babies occupied and happy for the whole duration of the party. A few activities they can enjoy are giving them playtime with balloons, bubbles, and let them wear funny hats and sunglasses, and snapping photos of them so you can post them on social media.
You can also let them play with their birthday cake, a simple one that doesn’t have too much sugar and frosting. A lot of parents create a menu for the day of the party and serve healthy snacks to make the celebration fun yet safe for all your guests.
Shop for Fun, Bright Decorations
Decorate the party area with bright and fun colors to give it a baby-friendly vibe. If you want to add more color, go for balloons that don’t pop easily and invest in baby-safe ones too.
You can also get one of those baby-sized tables and chairs if you plan on hosting the party indoors because it would be more convenient for all your guests. Make sure you have extra pillows and blankets around too.
Don’t Forget Food
It’s a kid’s party and what screams celebration for a baby’s first birthday than the presence of food? Food is a must-have when you’re planning to have a child’s party. If you’ll be having the event indoors, get some of their favorite snacks that they can eat with their fingers.
Be sure to have some healthy options too because babies need food for energy and strength. Throw in fruits, vegetables, meat, and other items they need in their system to grow healthy and strong.
Planning your baby’s first birthday party can be an emotional process for you. How do you make it special and unique? How do you ensure that all of the guests have a good time? And most importantly, how do you keep the little one happy and entertained throughout the day?
We’ve put together a few tips to help make planning your baby’s first birthday party easier.